Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bad for business for lawyers to speak out on politics probably

The Beatles said it best, "All we are saying is Give Peace a Chance"


Paul Ryan Sets Google News Alert for the Moment When Trump Becomes Unpopular Enough to Betray



I have a friend whose son became a doctor today.  Somehow I am proud and I had absolutely nothing to do with it.


Retired people. They all like the same things!  My friend Dan Beto in Munich today.


Can you see why it is easier to support Donald and what he says if you are uneducated? I suspect that is why he said he loves them so much.


Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was chosen to oversee the inquiry amid escalating pressure.
Robert Mueller, Former F.B.I. Director, Is Named Special Counsel for Russia Investigation


The decision came after a cascade of damaging developments for President Trump in the wake of his abrupt firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey


Sen. Risch Defends Trump’s Disclosure of Classified Information To The Russians and Demands The Prosecution of “The Traitor” Who Leaked The Information

by jonathanturley
images-1440px-Jim_Risch_official_portraitOne of the most conspicuous aspects of the controversy over President Donald Trump's sharing information with the Russians was the virtually complete silence of defenders on the Hill.  Faced with yet another scandal GOP members distanced themselves from Trump.  Senators declined to support Trump's disclosure of high sensitive Israeli intelligence.  The one exception was Idaho Sen. Jim Risch.  Risch made headlines in not only supporting the widely denounced disclosure of the intelligence but he called on the government to find and prosecute the person who disclosed the information.


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Officer Betty Jo Shelby arriving at the Tulsa County Courthouse for her first-degree manslaughter trial on May 9 in Tulsa, Okla.
White Tulsa Officer Is Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Black Driver


The shooting of Terence Crutcher by Officer Betty Jo Shelby is one of several cases that have prompted a national debate about race relations and the police's use of force.


Ex-Prosecutors at Big Firms Weigh Costs of Speaking Out on Trump

Did President Donald Trump expose himself to obstruction of justice charges in the unfolding scandal involving former FBI Director James Comey?
If anyone has an opinion on that burning question, it's the country's pool of former federal prosecutors. Many of them are loudly making their opinions known—out of political conviction, or to gain publicity, or both. But some ex-prosecutors at big corporate defense firms are keeping mum, concerned that the consequences of speaking out could harm or alienate their clients. "If you have a client who will need to make arguments to [the] Justice Department, you don't want to make an enemy of the Justice Department," explained one quieted former prosecutor, who asked not to be named in this story.
Another anonymous ex-prosecutor said his own unwillingness to speak publicly had nothing to do with potential reprisals under the Trump administration. He wouldn't have wanted clients to see him discussing a White House scandal during the Clinton or Obama years either, the attorney said.
"That is the last thing they want, their lawyer pontificating about stuff like this," he said, referring to Comey's firing and to the president's alleged effort to halt an FBI probe into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn's Russia ties.

Other former prosecutors, appointed by both Democratic and Republican administrations, said a reticence to speak out on its own suggested a threat to the criminal justice system's credibility.
"That alone indicates a chilling effect," said Matt Orwig of Winston & Strawn, a former U.S. attorney in Dallas who served under President George W. Bush.
Robert Mintz, the managing partner of McCarter & English's Newark, New Jersey, office, said many of his fellow ex-prosecutors seemed more than happy to be quoted on Trump's prospects. But Mintz, who was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, said he'd let more evidence surface before saying too much.
"I think this is premature at this point to make any predictions about where this is going. Too much information is missing, and so much of the information is hearsay. There really has to be additional fact gathering," Mintz said.
Paul Coggins of Locke Lord, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas who served under President Bill Clinton, said Trump changed the calculus with his own statement to NBC's Lester Holt that Comey's firing was related to Russia.
"It is clearly within the power and the purview of the president to dismiss the FBI director," Coggins said. But if that action was tied to an effort to halt an investigation of the collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign, he said, it raises the spectre of obstruction of justice. "Ordinarily the difficulty would have been in proving his intent," Coggins said.
Orwig agreed, saying, "There is a lot of evidence about the president's intent."
(Coggins and Orwig were speaking before The New York Times and others reported that the president also pressured Comey in February to drop an investigation into Flynn's Russia connections.)
Coggins contrasted Trump's public statements about Comey's firing with the successful effort to defend former Texas governor and current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry against charges related to his conduct in state office.
In 2014, a grand jury indicted Perry, a Republican, on two felony counts of abuse of power related to a threat to withhold funding from a Democratic district attorney with authority to investigate the governor's office. Perry ultimately prevailed, largely because prosecutors had not persuasively presented evidence of Perry's motives for firing the DA, Coggins said.
Even though he was a Democrat and he supported the DA's public corruption unit, Coggins said he signed an appellate brief in support of Perry's defense because he didn't want to see the criminalization of politics.
On the flip side, Coggins and others are now wary of the politicalization of criminal justice, which may be one reason they're speaking their minds.
"It could be some in my firm don't want to talk. But I'm a firm believer that you have to ask for forgiveness after the fact," Coggins said.
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Yale College Dean Placed On Leave For “Reprehensible” Yelp Reviews

by jonathanturley

PiersonshieldPierson College Dean June Chu has been a successful academic and administrator at Yale University.  However, that stellar record came to a halt -- and Chu was put on leave -- after it was discovered that she had written reviews on Yelp deemed offensive.  The controversy again raises the question of whether teachers should be subject to discipline for their comments outside of schools. Chu is not accused of saying anything offensive to students or even on campus.  Yet her Yelp comments were enough to force her into a leave of absence.
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The Patriarch Patch: Orthodox Leader Called Into To Combat WannaCry With Holy Water At Russian Ministry

by jonathanturley
Patriarch_Kirill_of_MoscowMost IT specialists tend to avoid mixing water with computers, but Russia pulled out their biggest gun this week to combat the WannaCry ransomware attack targeted Microsoft Windows systems.  Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill went to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and sprayed holy water on the computers.  It could be a new approach to stopping malware. If you trigger an electrical failure with water, the malware is technically stopped with the now dead computer.

The Russian Disclosure: Trump’s Game of Truth or Dare

by jonathanturley
donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedBelow is my column in USA Today on President Donald Trump's disclosure of highly classified information to the Russians in his controversial meeting after the firing of James Comey.  While the Administration issued a series of categorical denials of the underlying stories as "false," the next day it appeared to acknowledge that Trump did in fact reveal the information.  As discussed below, it was a wise decision not to repeat the initially misleading statements to Congress.  The intelligence was reportedly generated by Israel, which did not give permission to the President to make the disclosure to the Russians.  Since the New York Times and Washington Post did not say that Trump released "sources and methods," it now appears that the White House is not claiming that the stories were false.  It is the latest example of denials from the White House which then lead to embarrassing reversals over the course of the coverage.


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